4 Benefits of Attending Church

I grew up attending church regularly, but I didn’t always know why it was important. I heard commendable remarks about people who were at church “every time the doors were open,” so I assumed the habit was beneficial. It seemed to surely please God, but was there any practical good in the endeavor? Did people gain anything from going to church?

In time, I learned that the corporate gathering of God’s people is something of Divine design. The Lord made it for His glory and our good. Each time we meet, we receive something special. Scripture teaches there are four practical benefits of attending church.


I once heard an older man describe the joy he received from Sunday mornings. He said, “Most times I leave feeling encouraged. I’m ready to face a new week!” Over and over again, the New Testament emphasizes this reality (see 1 Corinthians 14:3; Colossians 4:8; and 1 Thessalonians 5:11). The author of Hebrews said, “And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other…” (Hebrews 10:24-25). The word rendered “encouraging” depicts one coming alongside another and cheering the other on for the purpose of aid, help, and comfort.


Concerning the weekly gathering of believers, Paul said, “All things must be done for edification” (1 Corinthians 14:26). The Greek term translated “edification” is one which was associated with building construction in the first century. Paul used it figuratively to depict the way in which Lord’s Day should spiritually build up the people of God. When we meet together, we should become more complete in our relationship with the Lord (see also Ephesians 4:12b and 2 Corinthians 12:19).


Paul told the church at Ephesus that their corporate times of worship should result in “the training of the saints in the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12a). Sunday mornings aren’t a time for spiritual spectating, but spiritual strengthening. There is a world in need of Christ, and the Lord has ordained for the church to share the good news (see Matthew 28:18-20). If congregations are going to be faithful to this task, they need lifelong, systematic training. Each has spiritual gifts to be used in the ministry (see Romans 12:6-8 and 2 Corinthians 5:18), but each needs to develop these gifts (see 2 Peter 3:18 and Philippians 2:12-13). The meeting of God’s people on the first day of the week is a great time to do this!


Finally, Sunday mornings are a time for worship. Paul instructed the church at Colossae — “Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:15). When we gather together, we should sing songs which turn our hearts to Jesus. All week our lives are filled with the busyness of life in the modern world. Sundays are an opportunity to freshen our perspective in the presence of Christ.

Dr. Patrick Latham

8 thoughts on “4 Benefits of Attending Church

  1. My wife and I made it a goal to start 4 healthy habits this year, and the topic of church came up. I thought it was interesting how the article mentions that encouragement is one of the benefits that come from attending church. I think having encouragement would be extremely helpful since it would most likely positively impact all other aspects of your life.

  2. I really appreciated your viewpoint on church sermons allowing for someone to equip themselves spiritually. I can see how this could benefit you in the future since you are preparing yourself for hardship. My fiance and I are looking for a church to attend since we moved into a new area and this is good motivation.

  3. I like how you point out that attending church can be helpful since it provides you with encouragement. This would be something I could benefit from since I feel like I could use some encouragement in my life. How many Sundays would I need to attend to start seeing this benefit?

  4. I appreciate it when you said that one of the benefits of going to church is that the person will be more complete and their relationship with God will deepen. It has been a while since I last visited a church, so it might be a good idea to start looking for one to attend once again. Maybe through that, some of my questions will be answered since I feel a little confused and incomplete right now. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I like how you point out that encouragement is one of the benefits that comes from church attendance. You pointed out that the spoken word even states that church attendance is for encouragement. This is definitely something I feel like I could benefit from since life right now has been stressful and daunting.

  6. There is a lot of encouragement going on in a Sunday service which is why I’m planning to attend one next time. Since it will equip me with the knowledge to glorify God, I’ll be prepared for the incoming days to come. Since Sundays are meant for exaltation for God, I’ll be sure to attend a service next time so that I can strengthen my faith.

  7. I like how you put into perspective by saying that Sunday is a one day opportunity for us to focus on Christ. I know a lot of people who don’t ever make room to worship the Lord in their daily lives. I’ll talk to them and see if they’ll be willing to at least go to church with me for a few hours on Sunday.

  8. As you mentioned, when attending church, you get a sense of encouragement and belonging. I have just moved to a new town, and I don’t know anyone here yet. Maybe it would be a good idea for me to find a church to attend so I can begin meeting people.

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